Stenden South Africa is a unique Higher Education Institution in the seaside town of Port Alfred. Established in 2001, we pride ourselves with an impressive track record of offering top-quality Higher Education. Our pillars of Internationalisation, Problem Based Learning, and Research have positioned us at the top of our game with an impressive list of graduates who are making their way in the industry.

Stenden South Africa is an institution where we take pride in a student-centred approach of Higher Education through unique educational methods such as Problem Based Learning, Case Based Learning, and Real-World Learning in our learning companies.

Stenden South Africa is an International Branch Campus of Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Stenden University has a long and diverse history of academic performance. Its Teacher Training Degree Programme goes back over 100 years. However, Stenden is anything but an old-fashioned University. At the turn of the century, Stenden (back then operating under the name CHN University) chose to launch a pioneering concept known as ‘Grand Tour’. The Grand Tour is an old European custom whereby youngsters were encouraged to travel and see the World before settling into a career. Stenden had the desire to re-invent this concept and incorporate it into the different degree courses it offers. By establishing international campus sites, the vision to offer a true international education experience materialized.

Today Stenden offers Higher Education at campuses in The Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar and South Africa. The main programme offered at each campus site, including Port Alfred, is Hospitality Management.

Stenden South Africa in Port Alfred offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management, as well as different minor modules that are executed on behalf of Stenden University in The Netherlands. Stenden is registered with the Department of Education of South Africa as a private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1977, and according to registration Certificate No. 2002/HE10/001, to offer the Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Disaster Management.

Our Vision

Stenden South Africa is best in its class as a Higher Education Institution, serving to make a better world.


Stenden South Africa educates students in a value driven manner to become exemplary leaders of industry, unleashing potential in our students, staff, and surrounding communities.


Stenden South Africa provides education and leadership in a community in which people with different backgrounds feel at home and are encouraged to contribute to and bear responsibility for the world in general and mankind in particular

An Internship of a Lifetime…

My name is Alvina Mente, a 4th year disaster management student at NHL Stenden South Africa. During the 4th year of study at NHL Stenden South Africa, all disaster management student are to complete a ten month internship and I did mine at the Ndlambe Local Municipality.

My internship started off with the basics of disaster management, collecting and delivering relief, and before the arrival of Covid-19, I had the opportunity of being apart of the security team for some of our National Rughy team members who were showing their gratitude to various towns in Mzanzi and one of those towns was Makhanda in Makana Local Municipality.


When Covid-19 arrived in South Africa, things went from 0-100 in a matter of days. Prior to the announcement of a national lockdown by our President Cyril Ramaposa, my internship host and I established a Technical Joint Operation Centre with the assistance of my Senior Lecturer Alroy Taai.

This Technical JOC afforded me the opportunity of a life time. The opportunity referred to is that of a real life experience

(Covid-19), coordination with executives of our local municipality as well as stakeholders on a district level.


Covid-19 has been a bitter sweet experience for me, in the sense that I learnt a tremendous amount from those who have lost family members and friends as a  result of the pandemic that taught me a lot. The fear of getting infected took a back seat whem work.had to be done. I joined our local nursing staff from.both hospitals in Porr Alfred and conducted door-to-door screening.


If I could take the pain of all those who lost their loved ones away, I would but Covid 19 has taught me that being disciplined and level headed are what the field of disaster management requires and I wish many more people would be as passionate about the field.